It's official, spring is here which means it's time to shed your winter clothing and soak up the longer days. Nature enthusiasts will be rejoicing as it also means that camping season is upon us.

But before you go setting up camp and reconnecting with nature, there are a handful of essential eco-friendly items that we recommend packing for your trip.

4 Must-Have Eco-Friendly Items for Camping

1. Stainless Steel Water Bottle

Stainless Steel Carabiner Canteen BottlesIt can be all too easy to pack disposable cups, plates, water bottles, and plastic wear, but you'll save yourself a lot of room as well as money (in the long run) by bringing reusable products with you, especially a refillable water bottle. We recommend getting a stainless steel canteen bottle that is durable and easy to clean and carry. By packing a reusable water bottle, you are also limiting pollution and reducing plastic waste.

2. Insect-Repelling Wristbands

Leave your toxic bug spray at home or better yet, properly dispose of it and instead invest in insect-repelling wristbands or buy natural bug spray that is deet-free. These two eco-friendly alternatives will keep the bugs away and be kind to the environment.

3. Reusable Travel Mug

If you plan on using your stainless steel water bottle for all of your liquids – great, but if you like keeping things separate, then consider adding a reusable travel mug to your list. Just make sure it's BPA-free and will keep your tea, coffee, or soup hot until the last sip.

4. Eco-Friendly Tent

It's probably the biggest must-have on our list because after all, what is camping without a tent? But keep in mind that a large majority of tents are made from materials such as PVC, which when produced, release emissions that harm the environment and can cause health problems. So in your search, look for tents made from eco-friendly or recycled materials such as cotton or hemp.

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